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2018 Presenter Profile: Stuart Horwitz

By Paul Davis
Posted on 4/15/2018 5:48 PM

Rhode Island writing guru Stuart Horwitz didn’t want to write about his life. But when his older daughter left for college, she reminded him, “You said you were going to write your memoir for me.”
Horwitz met her halfway. He wrote a piece about his college days. His friends said it was the best thing he had ever written.

So Horwitz, the author of three popular books on writing, began chronicling the crazy path that led to his 20-year career as a book coach, editor and founder of Book Architecture, a full-service literary company headquartered in a former mill building in Providence.

He got a master’s degree in literary aesthetics from New York University—a good first step for a budding book doctor. But his second degree made less sense: a masters in East Asian Studies from Harvard, with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism. He thought he would get an advanced degree and become a teacher, “but a variety of things” got in the way, he says.

Instead, he became a wedding planner in Newport, where the gatherings became more and more outlandish and expensive. At some point he thought he might work in a field with more meaning, so he learned how to be a mortician. Then he asked himself, Do I want to bury people for the rest of my life? He took a job as an intern in the publishing industry, where he read and analyzed books for a literary agent. One day he told his wife, a psychiatrist, that he was doing the same work as his boss. Except his boss made ten times more than he did.


Four Speakers Look at Writing, History and Dragons

Author Parris Afton Bonds helped launch the Romance Writers of America group in 1980. But there was nothing glamorous about her early career. She borrowed money and spent $800 in phone calls promoting her work. She wrote newspaper, magazine and TV journalists in seven states, assuring them she “was a great interview.”

The beginning writer—and mother of five boys—had some down days. If you're passionate about your work, “you will be trampled on,” she told attendees at the Historical Writers of America's second annual conference in New Mexico.
But you can get through it with a big dose of passion, persistence, and Pepto-Bismol, said Bonds, the Texas-based author of 45 historical and romance novels. Writers must share the same traits as the heroes they write about, she said. They must cultivate an indomitable spirit.

“Close your mind to discouragement,” she said. “Don't let those bastards get you down.”



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Jodi Daynard
Parris Afton Bonds

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